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Benefits of the Narrow Way

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Psalm 5:8-12
Sunday, 20 May 2012

Benefits of Walking the Narrow Way

Psalm 5:8-12 Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.

For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue.

Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.

For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.

We won’t find a better benefits package anywhere

Choose to walk in the path of righteousness, and these are just some of the benefits we will receive.

A Pleasant Path to Travel

Proverbs 3:13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,

Proverbs 3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

The marriage relationship, home life in general, relationships with others—these become much more pleasant when we follow His wisdom.

We Won’t Find Better Traveling Companions Anywhere

Traveling companions can make or break a trip, and traveling the path of righteousness, we’re traveling with the finest people in the world

Think of it as a family trip, because we’ll be going with a bunch of mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers

Mark 10:28-30 Peter began to say to him, "See, we have left everything and followed you.“

Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life."

The Best Thing We Can Do For Our Children

Proverbs 20:7 The righteous who walks in his integrity-- blessed are his children after him!

2Timothy 1:5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.

Luke 1:5-6 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.

And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord.

We do our children a great disservice if we choose any other path.

We Can Walk This Path with Complete Integrity

Proverbs 10:9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.

To get to where we want to go on this path, we don’t ever have to lie, or cheat, or take advantage of anyone.

Walking Along This Path Enables Us to Sleep Soundly At Night

Proverbs 3:24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

We can sleep soundly, knowing all is well with our soul, when we know that if we don’t make it through the night, we’ll be in a better place.

Walking God’s Path Ensures Us of God’s Help

Proverbs 2:6-8 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.

James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

We’re on our own if we choose to walk in another path.

A Brightly Lit Path That Grows Brighter and Brighter

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

May not seem that way at the start, because we don’t yet see all the benefits

May even seem a bit restrictive; we may feel like it’s “cramping our style.”

But the longer we stay on it, the brighter it gets

Just ask any older Christian, who has been on this path for many years.

Only Path That Leads To Eternal Life, Eternal Joy and Gladness

Proverbs 12:28 In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.

Isaiah 35:8 And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.

Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Bryan Gibson

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